Keeping Chipmunks and Squirrels at Bay

Keeping Chipmunks and Squirrels at Bay

By Jennifer Olvera, Garden Guides Contributor
squirrel on feeder

About Chipmunks and Squirrels

Chipmunks and squirrels are furry rodents that not only feed at birdfeeders but also have a penchant for chomping fruits, vegetables and young seedlings,as well as destroying flowers. Chipmunks enjoy eating root crops, bulbs and seeds that have been newly sewn.

Prevention and Control

Squirrel and chipmunk repellants can be purchased from well-stocked garden stores. Chipmunk and ground squirrels are easily frightened, so using deterrents like beach balls and scarecrows can help. Place ammonia-soaked rags,the ammonia needs to be reapplied daily,near the area in question. Play a radio, and shine bright lights at the area 24 hours a day. Use these deterrents simultaneously for 7 to 10 days.

Affected Plants

Everything in the garden has the potential to be affected, but plants with seeds (sunflowers), newly planted seeds, fruits, nuts and vegetables are most susceptible.


Chipmunks and squirrels unearth fruits, vegetables, plants and bulbs.

Natural Defenses

Some gardeners see success by spraying plants with a pepper solution or placing pellets or solutions of predator urine around plants. Ultrasonic noisemakers can provide temporary relief, but these adaptable animals need to constantly be caught off guard.

Other Methods of Control

You can purchase chipmunk and squirrel traps that have two doors and allow you to capture the animals live and return them to nature elsewhere, but these generally are not considered effective in an outdoor setting.

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